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Signs That Your New Home May Have A Mold Cover-Up

by Marvin Gilbert

It's always ideal to have your new home tested for mold before you buy it, but not all new home buyers know this and it's easy to forget in the rush of other things that have to get done. But if you've already moved in and you're worried there may be a mold problem you weren't aware of, you'll want to keep an eye out for visible mold signs and for signs that the previous owner may have dealt with a mold problem previously, then not told you about it. These cover-ups are usually bad news because if the problem had been dealt with properly (by qualified mold removal experts), why would the seller wish to hide the fact? So if you weren't told there was a previous mold problem, that may imply that the problem wasn't thoroughly mitigated and thus will require further treatment if you wish to keep your family safe and healthy. Here are three signs that your home may be the site of a mold cover-up.

1. Unexplained cold-like symptoms you can't shake

Even in healthy adults, high levels of exposure to mold spores can cause symptoms. This is because the spores are an irritant, so they act on your mucous membranes and respiratory system to give you unpleasant symptoms such as cold-like runny nose, sore throat, and so on. Plus, the exposure can cause you to actually develop a mold allergy. The symptoms and signs of illness caused by mold can be much more severe in people with compromised or vulnerable immune systems (such as any young children you may have) as well as those with preexisting respiratory conditions.

2. Signs of past water damage

Any water damage can be an opportunity for mold to grow. And water damage that's not cleaned up within a day or two can be a perfect invitation. If you find any signs of old water damage, there's a good chance that there could be mold growing there that's either undetected or cleaned away. The problem with cleaning away visible mold is that the mold has roots within the surface it was growing on, so it can simply grow back. And even if the previous owner did successfully kill the mold's roots, you could still have thousands of mold spores floating around the house making you sick.

3. Suspicious newly painted sections of wall

Sometimes mold growth will leave a stain, and the person trying to cover it up will paint over that section of wall (or the entire wall) to conceal that fact. They may or may not paint the whole room, but anytime you see a particular wall that seems to be more recently painted than the rest of the room, that should make you wonder what the seller is trying to cover up. 

If you have any concerns about mold in your home, talk with a local company about mold testing to find out for sure.